Pile of Newspapers

PR Manager

This is a fantastic opportunity to join one of the country’s most exciting PR and communications agencies as part of a fast-paced, highly skilled and established team that has worked alongside some of the world's most recognised names, including senior politicians, campaigns, charities and award-winning actors.

This is presented as a full-time position but we are open to freelancers and part-time equivalents.

Closing date: 23:59 on 24/10/2021

This is a fantastic opportunity for an enthusiastic Public Relations Professional to join one of the UK's most exciting new PR agencies.​

 

The primary responsibilities will be to ensure that our clients’ media relations and digital communications are delivered in a professional and timely manner. You will be expected to demonstrate an ability to understand and promote political positions and policy; build credibility with journalists and commentators; work quickly and accurately under pressure. 

You will contribute to identifying and securing meaningful press, media and digital coverage for our roster of both established and up-and-coming clients which include charities, politicians, political parties and campaigns, businesses and organisations.
 
We see our clients as our friends, so you must be the type of person who is ready to totally dedicate yourself to getting the best for your clients, no matter what. In other words, that means this job will often require working unsociable and out of office hours. Workloads may be stressful, but always rewarding!​

Key responsibilities include:​

  • Timely drafting and distribution of reactive lines to breaking news and issues of the day

  • Identifying issues that get cut through in media and build proactive stories to generate media coverage

  • Produce pro-active media initiatives

  • Alerting clients and staff to significant news stories

  • Seeking opportunities for and filling broadcasting bids for radio, television, newspapers and online media

  • Drafting articles for clients

  • Assisting with clients’ promotion on social media

  • Taking photos and videos of clients at events

  • Accompanying clients on UK visits when a media presence is anticipated

  • Working with other staff to ensure clients are fully briefed before media appearances

  • Providing on-call cover at the weekends and in the evening as part of a rota

  • Developing a professional working relationship with relevant journalists

  • Representing the views and outlook of clients to journalists

  • Maintaining an up to date distribution list for journalists, third party groups and other stakeholders

  • Supporting clients at conferences and other events

  • Working with other staff and clients to develop and implement a media strategy

  • Maintaining an overview and awareness of political and policy developments in areas relevant to clients

  • Other duties to assist the wider team and directors as required, including business and administrative support

You must be:

  • A strong communicator

  • Able to achieve cut-through in local, regional and national media with unique and creative stories

  • At ease with large and often unpredictable workloads with a good temperament that allows you to deal with the unexpected

  • Able to extract information from public organisations and Government reports

  • Well organised and keen to prove themselves in a challenging and unpredictable environment

  • Able to show a willingness to innovate, experiment, and share best practice

  • Always thinking of new and unique ways to make headlines and gain coverage for our clients and their work

  • A team player with a flexible and dedicated approach to your work

We would love for you also to have: (but this is not essential!)

  • Good contacts in the PR, media, magazine, broadsheet, TV news and tabloid industry

  • Experience working across digital campaigns, video promotion and print marketing.

  • A good level of creative skill

  • Experience using PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Google Docs / Drive etc.

  • Experience using Adobe Suite.

  • Experience using Mailchimp, Nationbuilder, Kantar, Connect, Forward Planner or other similar systems.

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The successful candidate will receive:

  • A salary of £21,000 – £24,000

  • 30 days annual leave, including bank holidays and birthdays.

  • Ability to work remotely.

  • Time off in lieu.

  • Pension contributions.

 

To apply:
Please send your CV and covering letter to workwithus@apostrophecampaigns.com with the subject line 'PR MANAGER [YOUR NAME]'

In your covering letter you should reference:

  • Previous clients you’ve worked with or similar jobs held

  • Examples of positive or paid media coverage you have secured, if applicable

  • Any relevant education
     

In addition to your CV and Covering Letter, please also provide: 

  • A draft press release for a current news topic

  • Three example social media posts with photos or infographics to accompany

 

Notes:

  • The role will require extensive work with public figures and politicians from the UK Liberal Democrat party, as well as other left-leaning political parties, politicians, campaigns and movements across the UK, Europe and the US. You do not need to be a member of the Liberal Democrats but you must sympathise with the aims and values of the Liberal Democrats, pro-European ideology and generally left-leaning views. You should have sound political judgement and an understanding of the current political climate in the UK and Europe.​

  • Hours of work and salary are negotiable for the right candidate.

  • Apostrophe encourages applicants from under-represented backgrounds and those without higher or further education. Freelancers are also encouraged to apply.​

  • We always reply to your application, even if you are unsuccessful, so if you have not heard from us within 5 working days of sending your CV, please follow up with us.​​

  • Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the successful applicant will work from home until further notice. We currently have no plans to resume office working.

  • If you have any questions about this role or need any assistance, please email workwithus@apostrophecampaigns.com

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